Cognitive Science Lunchtime Talk - Anne Mennen

Thu, Mar 1, 2018, 12:00 pm
Peretsman Scully Hall - Room 101

ABSTRACT: Recent advances in functional imaging have allowed researchers to "close the loop" between the brain and the stimuli it processes by delivering neurofeedback in response to neural data. This gives the experimenter the exciting opportunity to drive a subject's brain state into a desired neural pattern. In this talk, I will describe two ways in which I use this technology, first in a study aimed to weaken memories by controlling memory activation, and second in a future study aimed to reduce negative attentional bias (and thus also reduce symptoms) in depressed patients. A long-term goal of this work is to make real-time analyses available in areas without advanced computing resources, such as hospitals.